My Dad who is 62 has just had his first PSA test and it has come back as 17 . His GP than performed an examination and found no enlargement, abnormality or the like. He has been referred for a biopsy but we are not sure what to make of all of this. Is 17 extremely high? Obviously it is well above normal, but is it possible to have a level this high and not have cancer?
Also is there a correlation between gout and elevated PSA?
PSA of 17 is high but not extremelely high. It is possible to have a PSA this high and not have PC as many things including infection can cause a PSA this high.
consider and treat infection or inflamation,
have further PSA tests to check the reading and trend,
have a "free PSA" test (which gives a better indication of PC probability),
have a biopsy.
There is no direct reletionship between gout, elevated PSA or PC.
A personal opinion is that lifestyle, diet and supplements can make a great impact on gout. That could also be the case with PC, although it's difficult to prove a direct correlation.
Thomasclan, I totally agree with John. A PSA of 17 is above what is usually considered "high" but is by far not the highs I have heard about! Check out the following thread for a much fuller discussion about this very issue: